A criterion easily met by former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, former Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt, head of diplomacy Liz Truss and Tom Tugendhat MP. Newly appointed Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi, government legal adviser (“Attorney General”) Suella Braverman, former Equality Secretary Kemi Badenoch and former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt are also in the fray.
After the formalization of the candidacies, a vote must be held on Wednesday. The eight candidates must then gather 30 deputies to their cause to pass this first round. A second is scheduled for Thursday and another, if necessary, for Monday. The goal is to have just two candidates left before the parliamentary holidays that begin on July 22. The name of the person who will become leader of the Conservative Party and, de facto, Prime Minister, will be known on September 5, after a final vote open to party members.
As of Tuesday morning, there were eleven still to be candidates to succeed Boris Johnson, but three of them, including former Health Minister Sajid Javid, withdrew as the closing of the candidacy depository approached. Bookmakers rank Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt neck-and-neck, followed by Liz Truss.
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